Bavarian Soft Pretzels!

These Bavarian Soft Pretzels are perfectly soft, chewy and salty, with a crisp golden crust, and that signature pretzel flavor! This method of making pretzels is super simple, and the dough only takes 30 minutes to rise!

These Bavarian Soft Pretzels are the start of our new series, “Around the World” where we make dishes from different countries! We are so excited to be sharing this new series with you all because it’s combining two of our favorite things: cooking and traveling.

When we were deciding on what country to start of with we thought of Germany, which then we immediately came to the conclusion that we would make pretzels! A German classic! πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ

We’ve been making these pretzels for a few years now and they do not disappoint! They have a deep brown exterior with a salty crunch, and the interior is pillowy soft! These pretzels will have you coming back for more!

If you’ve never had a homemade soft pretzel, you are in for a major treat!

Traditionally, pretzels are dipped in lye before baking. But lye can be dangerous to cook with, so we kept things sweet and simple by boiling them with baking soda! And honestly, they are just as good!

How to Shape the Pretzels:

With the long strip that measures to about 20-22 inches, make u shape, twist it twice, and fold it over. And that’s it! It’s so easy, and once you get hang of it, they’ll be perfect!

Lastly, if you try this recipe, be sure to comment and also tag us on our Instagram! It’s so fun to see all the recipes that you make of ours.

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Bavarian Soft Pretzels


Description

These Bavarian Soft Pretzels are perfectly soft, chewy and salty, with a crisp golden crust, and that signature pretzel flavor! This method of making pretzels is super simple, and the dough only takes 30 minutes to rise!


Ingredients

Units Scale

3/4 cup + 2 tsp. warm water (between 100-110 degrees)

2 tsp. brown sugar (or honey)

1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast

2 cups bread flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 Tbsp. melted butter

1/2 cup baking soda

1 egg (for egg wash)

flakey salt (for topping pretzels)


Instructions

1. In a small bowl add 3/4 cup + 2 tsp. warm water (between 100-110 degrees) and 2 tsp. brown sugar mixing until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Then sprinkle in 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes or until foamy.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook, add 2 cups of bread flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 tsp. kosher salt.

4. Pour in the yeast mixture and 1 Tbsp. melted butter, beat on low speed for about 2 minutes, then increase speed to medium for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is soft and elastic. If the dough feels dry, add a tsp. of water at a time until the dough is soft and elastic.

5. Transfer to a large greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, bring a pot of 8 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat, but keep lid on.

7. Remove dough from bowl and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Then divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece out into a long rope, about 20-22 inches long. Twist each rope into the pretzel shape. (Be sure to keep the dough covered so it doesn’t dry out.)

8. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

9.Β  With the same pot of water we boiled earlier, add in 1/2 cup baking soda, and whisk until dissolved.

10. Place the pretzels into the baking soda water for 1 minute (30 seconds on each side). Then transfer the pretzels to a baking sheet.

11. Brush pretzels with egg wash and let sit for 5 minutes uncovered. Then sprinkle with flakey sea salt.

12. Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until they turn a deep brown color.

13 Let cool on a baking sheet for 10 minutes before serving.

  • Prep Time: 25 mins.
  • Cook Time: 10 mins.
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: German

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 pretzel
  • Calories: 150

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